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by meecrob
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Republicans No One Can Argue With
Replies: 33
Views: 1238

Re: Republicans No One Can Argue With

So how does America "win"?

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by meecrob
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NY Attorney General sues to disband the NRA
Replies: 73
Views: 2165

Re: NY Attorney General sues to disband the NRA

I think it is time to disband it. Shouldn’t that be up to its members? I'd say that if the members are unknowingly and involuntarily contributing to criminal activity, then they are compromised and cannot make an informed decision on the issue. I mean no disrespect to all the NRA members who are re...

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by meecrob
Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29162

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I'm not sure I understand. Of course there is a risk of failure landing on Mars...even if you sent robots to prepare the landing site in advance. Half of all things humans have sent to Mars are now a crater on its surface, not because the landing surface was suboptimal, but because humans (and the f...

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by meecrob
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18330

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

... they chose to use that system and if it fails it falls on them as to why they used it. Yes, I do realise that is out of necessity, but it's still NASA's choice to send people to the station, they could've chosen not too. Ultimately with the Commercial Crew Program, NASA has the final say whethe...

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by meecrob
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18330

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

It is truly beyond belief that this wasn't always in place! What happened to "if it ain't Boeing I'm not going"? You could almost turn that around at this point. :eek: It is a fascinating and slightly concerning insight that “make sure the spacecraft actually works” somehow wasn’t on the ...

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by meecrob
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Epstein Madam Arrested
Replies: 100
Views: 5437

Re: Epstein Madam Arrested

Something is wrong, yes. The issue is that its not illegal to have 12 people accuse you of something.

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by meecrob
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MLB Players Kneeling
Replies: 112
Views: 3660

Re: MLB Players Kneeling

I have lived in countries with abject poverty, inequality, extremely corrupt leaders, human rights abusers, and when it comes to sing their National Anthem, their flag or an important patriotic day, they cry they unite the forget about all of that and rally behind their patriotic symbols and heroes...

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by meecrob
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad
Replies: 99
Views: 4118

Re: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad

Maloak33 wrote:
American History X ?


Did we watch the same movie?

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by meecrob
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F18, why not a side stick ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1386

Re: F18, why not a side stick ?

Fighters of its vintage and since have nearly all used sidestick controllers What other fighters of this vintage have a sidestick? As I understand it, the F-16 was a testbed for new generation ergonomics, such as the seat reclined 30* for improved pilot ability to handle Gs, and of course the sides...

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by meecrob
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington Redskins Name Change on the Way?
Replies: 59
Views: 2978

Re: Washington Redskins Name Change on the Way?

Since we're talking about it, can anyone tell me what in the sam hell is a Knickerbocker? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knickerbocker So, after going through 5 more clicks to get to a definition...the NBA team is the New York Short Pants? Ye Gods. Have you seen the shorts they used to wear before t...

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by meecrob
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Epstein Madam Arrested
Replies: 100
Views: 5437

Re: Epstein Madam Arrested

I can't believe Ghislaine killed herself next week.

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by meecrob
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 3699

Re: The culture wars reach branding

Sounds like it yes, but we go on facts, not feelings. The fact is that I have nothing to contribute to how People of Colour feel about the issue of corporations cashing in on their plight, since I am not a Person of Colour. Therefore I will (here's an idea) shut the hell up and let them speak, unlik...

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by meecrob
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 3699

Re: The culture wars reach branding

Yes i sympathize with what happened in America and can understand why the protests started. But why bring the protests to the UK when it was not in our country and risk more peoples lives with covid-19. There must come a time when the certain groups of our society stop playing the victim, we could ...

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by meecrob
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The D Day Invasion
Replies: 42
Views: 1991

Re: The D Day Invasion

Sorry to chime in again, but the Soviets really made a name for themselves in this time period...what with the raping and pillaging. It seems En Vogue with the crowd that grew up after communism kinda failed...its "cool" to say that the Soviets did this and that. If that was true, why did ...

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by meecrob
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis To Disband Police
Replies: 174
Views: 6627

Re: Minneapolis To Disband Police

I for one look forward to seeing Mineappolis transform itself into Little Mogadishu. Why? Do you think all law enforcement is being purged from the city? That’s not what’s being done here. Logically, why would people escape from a civil war and travel half way around the world...and of all places s...

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by meecrob
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: John Bolton Book Reveals Fractured White House Foreign Policy
Replies: 77
Views: 4444

Re: John Bolton Book Reveals Fractured White House Foreign Policy

imagine that Trump wrote a book. Stop it, man! You're killing me! :rotfl: Jokes aside, does anyone have any sales figures for these "tell all" books? A number of you are correctly pointing out that Bolton might be doing this for a paycheque and I'm just wondering what profit he could expe...

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by meecrob
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage
Replies: 185
Views: 6020

Re: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage

Nice try, but Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri we’re Northern slave states and Maryland didn’t end outlaw slavery until 1864 after the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in Southern states. Lincoln couldn’t free slaves in Maryland because of, you know, politics. Things don’t cha...

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by meecrob
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The D Day Invasion
Replies: 42
Views: 1991

Re: The D Day Invasion

Haha typical A.net: "Let's remember D-Day" "NO!!! The Russians were actually more important!!!" "Let's discuss a mass shooting in Canada" "NO!! Let's talk about the second amendment and shootings in America!!" "Let's talk about fly-by-wire" "NO!...

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by meecrob
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3823

Re: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.

That is exactly my point - what are the "chances of encountering a situation where you may be facing death or great bodily harm at the hands of some malfeasence"? Edit: Full disclosure - I'm not trying to rile you guys up, I'm genuinely curious. I'm a typical young male who loves all thing...

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by meecrob
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3823

Re: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.

The ones with blood on their hands would be people like you, who want law-abiding citizens to be completely defenseless while well-armed criminals are free to do as they please. Thankfully, the 2nd Amendment doesn't care about the opinions you have of it. This is the part that I don't get. You make...

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by meecrob
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.
Replies: 100
Views: 3823

Re: Good guy with a gun doesn't win.

The ones with blood on their hands would be people like you, who want law-abiding citizens to be completely defenseless while well-armed criminals are free to do as they please. Thankfully, the 2nd Amendment doesn't care about the opinions you have of it. This is the part that I don't get. You make...

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by meecrob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?
Replies: 12
Views: 1626

Re: Throttle/Thrust Settings, How's It Work?

If you are speaking of plane performance only, then yes (Here's a lightly loaded 757 doing similar to what you describe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRiCHgQnf9s). If you mean from a regulatory/company operating procedures perspective, then it depends on if you still want your job after you zoom...

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by meecrob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada
Replies: 63
Views: 2349

Re: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada

Would it be too much to ask some posters to at least humour Canadian members and not immediately try to spin this into a commentary about US gun laws? Its not Canada's fault we don't have as much experience as you do with wanton disregard for human life, and we may seem quaint for it, but we are act...

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by meecrob
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt

I imagine that this maintenance has been deferred due to the plane being a demonstration aircraft. The routine has been practiced, the igniter failure known, and was deemed by the manufacturer/air force to be adequate for a certain amount of hours for demonstrations, or immediate replacement if pla...

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by meecrob
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: German Tornado IDS - Afterburner fails to light. Gets going after 3rd attempt

I suppose it's a worn out igniter that needs to be replaced. Nothing special, it also happens on commercial aircraft with the igniters in the combustion chamber. Wouldn't it cause asymmetric thrust problems in flight if the afterburners are engaged and you have a worn igniter in one of the engines?...

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by meecrob
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran ramps up pressure as US withdraws from third Iraqi base this month
Replies: 11
Views: 866

Re: Iran ramps up pressure as US withdraws from third Iraqi base this month

Iran isn't planning an attack on the US. C'mon. I mean no disrespect to Iran, but they famously talk a big game.

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by meecrob
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lessons on trolling
Replies: 24
Views: 1065

Re: Lessons on trolling

I don't troll I use google. Ask BN747 I am the Googlizer. So you want me to ask a troll if another troll uses google before trolling? Seems legit. I have to give Nik credit: when I started getting into political posts on this site, I would make comments and he would ask for a source. Now, when I ma...

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by meecrob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lessons on trolling
Replies: 24
Views: 1065

Re: Lessons on trolling

NIKV69 wrote:
I don't troll I use google. Ask BN747 I am the Googlizer.


So you want me to ask a troll if another troll uses google before trolling? Seems legit.

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by meecrob
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award
Replies: 30
Views: 1607

Re: Early nominee for the year's Darwin Award

LCDFlight wrote:
I think flat earth is possible, but it is just radically more complex than a sphere model of earth. Anything is "possible." We don't even know if Earth really exists or not.


Gravity would like a word with you.

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by meecrob
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162916

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

You don't need to stick patients in a negative pressure isolation chamber for this virus for Pete's sake. Let's stop the Hollywood catastrophe movies scenarios for a second and get back to the real World here... It remains a virus which, while contagious, is not showing signs of spreading out of co...

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by meecrob
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162916

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I can't say I was comfortable, the place is packed with Chinese and nobody is wearing masks. So many Chinese here that it's unbelievable that they don't have a case yet. Perhaps the US is running their own censorship? OMG this is priceless! Its like he thinks every Chinese person has a random chanc...

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by meecrob
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!
Replies: 87
Views: 10677

Re: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!

The whole curved wing = faster air is a bit of a myth. It doesn't explain where the energy comes from that accelerates that air. That energy comes from the vacuum created in the shadow of the wing. No, the energy comes from ramming an airfoil through a fluid such as air. The by-product of this is i...

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by meecrob
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!
Replies: 87
Views: 10677

Re: We don't actually fully understand how planes can fly!.- Who knew?!

Another very simple question which almost nobody can answer thoroughly is why a small single or twin-engine propeller airplane which experiences an engine failure just after taking off into headwind is prone to stalling immediately after it has first stabilized its airspeed going forward and then t...

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by meecrob
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18330

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

SpaceX makes a spectacle of everything, even blowing up what is essentially a storage tank in a field in Texas. Everyone needs to make this return to space a big production beyond just the launch. That wasn't SpaceX. It was a few crackpots who live there and stood outside the fence, watching and re...

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by meecrob
Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to identify the length of a runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 2107

Re: How to identify the length of a runway?

Not runway markings per se, but you can fly the length of the runway and time it, then convert to distance.

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by meecrob
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162916

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I'm saying you have to balance containing this virus with reality because if you make too big an issue out of it, you will negatively impact significantly more people than you are helping. Also, if its not "the-sky-is-falling," then why are you rhetorically asking me what 1.5% of 7.7 bill...

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by meecrob
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162916

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I'm saying you have to balance containing this virus with reality because if you make too big an issue out of it, you will negatively impact significantly more people than you are helping. Also, if its not "the-sky-is-falling," then why are you rhetorically asking me what 1.5% of 7.7 billi...

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by meecrob
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5 Off Center Aerial Refueling
Replies: 18
Views: 2391

Re: C-5 Off Center Aerial Refueling

I'm not privy to the aerodynamic reasons, but the aerial refuel manifold does take up quite a bit of real estate, and it helps to route it down the right side of the fuselage by it's location. Sometimes there are no aerodynamic reasons, rather simply "it fits here." Forward-tilting main g...

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by meecrob
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162916

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

So let me get this straight. Mortality rate is less than SARS, and SARS killed 774 people worldwide. For comparison, over 900 died worldwide in transport-category aviation crashes in 2003. I'm not saying "do nothing" about this, but some people are talking like this is the next Black Death...

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by meecrob
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Firebomber or waterbomber or airtanker
Replies: 18
Views: 1490

Re: Firebomber or waterbomber or airtanker

As a Canadian I have always said Water bomber, for me it just makes sense. Your Bombing with water. Kinda like how this is a water truck: https://mk0firelineequi8waur.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/DSC_0164.jpg and this is a fire truck: https://dynamicmedia.zuza.com/zz/m/original_/b/e/be5...

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by meecrob
Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Replies: 45
Views: 6745

Re: Piaggio P.180 Avanti

That would probably be even more the case if they just had a cannard and main wing. I heard from an instructor (so take this with a grain of salt) that the reason the Starship could not be certified was that Beechcraft could not demonstrate its stall recovery characteristics to the FAA's satisfacti...

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by meecrob
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Replies: 45
Views: 6745

Re: Piaggio P.180 Avanti

As I understand it, in this configuration the main wing and the engines can be far back, so you don't get a wing spar in the cabin, and the noise is back there. That would probably be even more the case if they just had a cannard and main wing. I heard from an instructor (so take this with a grain ...

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by meecrob
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 128
Views: 18330

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

It doesn't matter if they still had enough fuel left to reach the ISS. There's no way they'd allow it to get near with such a basic software failure. So very true. ISS has a robust proximity permits system, with multiple "layers", where a bunch of parameters have to be in check, before fu...

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by meecrob
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: This looks dangerous!
Replies: 28
Views: 6017

Re: This looks dangerous!

I'd be really curious to see the takeoff numbers for that Il-86. Unless that was a derate, that thing would not have made it off the runway with an engine out after v1. It definitely would have made it off the runway...with flaming brakes, collapsed nosegear, ruined sheet metal, and a bunch of a.ne...

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by meecrob
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cargo Ship Off Romania Capsizes
Replies: 12
Views: 735

Re: Cargo Ship Off Romania Capsizes

BartSimpson wrote:
Really? I'm shocked!


Sorry, I was hasty in my reply. I wasn't trying to point out that it was not historically true, I just found it funny that it was filed under "bad puns"

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by meecrob
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cargo Ship Off Romania Capsizes
Replies: 12
Views: 735

Re: Cargo Ship Off Romania Capsizes

I don't know why but this story just reminded me of another big disaster which is the true reason for the National Day of Mexico, the Sinko de Mayo: A little known fact is that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the cond...

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by meecrob
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

WesternDC6B wrote:
I was in an office with a woman who found a way to visit us all. And, usually, she interrupted conversations or tasks.


This times a million! Why is there always someone who never does any work and thinks its everyone else's responsibility to keep them entertained?

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by meecrob
Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christopher Columbus Now a Terrorist
Replies: 97
Views: 12652

Re: Christopher Columbus Now a Terrorist

If you have made it this far in life without realizing some pretty nasty stuff went down colonizing the Americas, my mind is blown. I'm an average guy with average intelligence who went to an average school and by age 9 or 10 could figure out that if a bunch of white people went to a place where the...

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by meecrob
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rising waters - A wall around SFO
Replies: 43
Views: 8970

Re: Rising waters - A wall around SFO

AirFiero: I hope you are just trolling, because if these are the opinions you formed after extensive research, we are in for a shit show if you are indicative of the broader climate hoaxer thought process.

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by meecrob
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rising waters - A wall around SFO
Replies: 43
Views: 8970

Re: Rising waters - A wall around SFO

Especially since sea level rise is only a couple of millimeters per year, and has slowed not increased. Sea level is still rising. If you look at the last 20 years the increase is stable. If you look at the past 140 years the increase goes slightly up. https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level...

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